After her firstborn was delivered by an unplanned cesarean section a spark ignited within Bethel to educate women on their options and ensure that they have the knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves and their baby. Bethel is a VBAC mom, birthing at a birth center and at home.
Bethel began her apprenticeship in 1995 and was first licensed in 1999. Bethel has practiced midwifery in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Haiti, and Oregon. With each new place she has journeyed to, her love and passion for midwifery has only grown.
Bethel is a Certified Direct Entry Midwife as well as a Certified Professional Midwife under the Bridge Program. Bethel has been married to Kennon for over 30 years and together they have 14 children, by birth and by adoption.
Daughter of Bethel Belisle, I am no stranger to midwifery. After helping to “hold the flashlight” at my first birth when I was 7, it became my desire to become a midwife and work alongside my mother someday. That day came in 2015 when I returned home from college and was told that I was on call as a birth assistant. From there, I moved quickly from assistant, to apprentice, to midwife. ⠀
I am a new member of the Alaska Air National Guard and am enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My goal is to get my Master’s and use it to work with women battling mental health disorders in their childbearing years. ⠀
As someone who is passionate about doing what she loves, Asher has made it a point to travel as much as she can and study as many topics as she is able to. Rather than attending a traditional college, Asher flew to Australia to attend a college gap year program known as Youth With a Mission, or Ywam. She spent 6 months overseas traveling back and forth between Brisbane, Australia and various cities across Japan. She graduated with a Certificate III in Discipleship, with a focus in music, from the University of the Nations. Asher is a certified makeup and bridal makeup artist and does hair and makeup for weddings and special occasions. She is also enrolled in AAPC’s medical billing school and is working towards being credentialed as a certified medical biller.
As an artist, Asher has always loved creating and sharing what she makes. Asher is the proud creator behind Resin by Asher and offers one of a kind breastmilk jewelry for Haven’s clients. You can often see her work displayed in the earrings that the midwives wear at the birth center.